Perched in a pine forest far from the madding crowds of St Tropez's port but close enough to the action, Villa Marie is the perfect Côte d'Azur retreat. To start with, there are the views - out over the shimmering sea beyond the trees, best seen from one of the sunny terraces. Then there's the freeform turquoise pool where kids scramble about the rocks and the water is always warm.
This boutique retreat is teasing, low-key, bling-free - a St Tropez insider secret. Hide out in a bohemian haunt in a paparazzi-eluding pine grove above the Gulf of St Tropez. Feel like a film star in a boudoir bedroom, surrounded by gorgeous gardens with cinematic views over the yacht-spangled bay.
More like a private house that a hotel, the 45-rooms Villa Marie sits in its own pine forest just outside the village of Ramatuelle and is favoured by the more discreet A-listers. The restaurant terrace overlooks the sea and is famous for its rockfish with citrus fruit, sea bass carpaccio with coriander and saffron, and john dory with fennel, orange and saffron.
Die "Villa Marie" hat alles, was Südfrankreich ausmacht: Eingehüllt in den Duft von Pinienwäldern, blickt man von seinem Zimmer aus auf Traumstrande und Luxusyachten. Während sich im Pool die Jeunesse dorée treiben lässt.